Jarheads triumph at Derek Earley tournament
A SOCCER tournament in memory of one of Skerries Town FC's best loved sons, who passed away three years ago, was renewed again this year with the creatively titled team, the 'Joe May Jarheads' emerging as the winners.
Derek Earley, known and loved by everyone as a 'gentle giant', died in September 2011 when he collapsed and died during a light training session at his beloved Skerries Town, the club he had played with since he was a child.
His teammates, club officials, local doctors and paramedics all made desperate attempts to save him but to no avail, causing shock and heartache across the close-knit community.
His friends have established an organisation in his honour to improve funding for and awareness of cardiac ailments in the young so that others at risk live long and healthy lives.
All money raised by Derek Earley Ltd will be used to provide defibrillators to local sports groups, fund cardiac research efforts, support organisations (such as CRY) that fund heart-screening services and help families affected by the sudden loss of a loved one.
This year over €5,000 was raised at the tournament and will either go towards the purchase of more defibrillators or to funding a day of heart screening at a local sports club.
To date, the charity has raised more than €13,000 since it was set up.
Twenty-four teams competed this year with the Joe May Jarheads triumphing over the Gladstone Celtic in a thrilling final that was decided with a penalty shoot-out. Liam Colvin from the organising committee thanked all those who helped stage the tournament and all of the sponsors involved.